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Month: January 2014

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Theatrical Releases: That Awkward Moment

There’s several things about “Best Night Ever” that I do not understand. First of all, why guys that are producing legitimate horror films like “Paranormal Activity” and “The Conjuring” are now making found footage party films. And second of all, why there’s is not a genre of found footage party films, like “Project X” and an upcoming film from the same producers about a … Read More Theatrical Releases: That Awkward Moment

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One Minute Review: Forrest Gump (1994) [4.5]

FORREST GUMP // Chances are most people recognize the phrases “run, Forrest, run” or “life is like a box of chocolates” even if the film that they come from is a mystery to them. Having been seven-years-old when “Forrest Gump” came out, it was not a film I was familiar with until much later in life. But these phrases were often expelled during gym … Read More One Minute Review: Forrest Gump (1994) [4.5]

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Tuesday Releases: Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa & Rush

JANUARY 28TH, 2014 RUSH // Rivalry is key in Ron Howard’s “Rush”, pitting two amazing performances against one another, from Chris Hemsworth and the all-but-unknown Daniel Brühl, and creating the highlight of the film. The element that tends to sway audiences away from the film is its root in Formula 1 racing, which is not so popular here in the states, but “Rush” is as … Read More Tuesday Releases: Jackass Presents Bad Grandpa & Rush

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One Minute Review: Dirty Wars (2013) [2.5]

DIRTY WARS // Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill, known for his book “Blackwater”, tells the story of his trip to Afghanistan, as he delves into the mystery of unsanctioned U.S. Army night raids. Despite his over-dramatic voice-over narration, the interviews he has with many of the people involved with the war are very informative. The Army veteran that he interviews states the premise best when … Read More One Minute Review: Dirty Wars (2013) [2.5]

2014 Oscars Challenge: [11] Saving Mr. Banks – One Nomination

Thomas Newman Many would say that “Saving Mr. Banks” was robbed in many of the categories of the Academy Awards this year, including not making the list for Best Picture and for Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks not making the cut for their respected acting awards. However, the one place the film does show up is Best Original Score, with composer Thomas Newman at … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [11] Saving Mr. Banks – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [10] The Broken Circle Breakdown – One Nomination

Belgium With a few more foreign films left to see, I can already tell that Belgium’s entry for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Broken Circle Breakdown” will be my resounding favorite of the five. Following a man in a bluegrass band who meets a gorgeous tattooed blonde and begins a relationship with her, the film is told in a fragmented story structure with creates … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [10] The Broken Circle Breakdown – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

Meryl Streep Nominated Role: Meryl Streep portrays Violet Weston, an Oklahoma matriarch whose three grown daughters return home for their father’s funeral. Believe it or not, but this is Meryl Streep’s eighteenth Academy Award nomination, holding the record for most nominations in the history of the Oscars, starting with “The Deer Hunter” (1979) all the way to “The Iron Lady” (2011) to which she … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [9] August: Osage County – Two Nominations

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [8] The Great Beauty – One Nomination

Italy Having won the Golden Globe award for Best Foreign Language Feature, “The Great Beauty” or “La Grande Bellezza” is the only foreign film anyone is talking about. Whether it proves to be the best has yet to be seen, but marking off the first foreign film I have seen out of the bunch, it does set the bar high, with amazing visuals and … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [8] The Great Beauty – One Nomination

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Theatrical Releases: I, Frankenstein

A film like “I, Frankenstein” had to have seemed like a bad idea to at least someone producing this film at some point. Yet somehow a substantial budget was given to the film and now here it stands. Following in a similar vein as the “Underworld” series, the dark Gothic lore of the story of Frankenstein mixed with the visual effects you’d expect from … Read More Theatrical Releases: I, Frankenstein

2014 Oscars Challenge: [7] Before Midnight – One Nomination

Screenplay by Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke No other film in the Best Adapted Screenplay category works harder than “Before Midnight”. Now, do not mistake my words, as I do not feel like it will be taking home the big honor, but in terms of delivering in the sense of dialogue and descriptions, no other screenplay nominated captures more character development with … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [7] Before Midnight – One Nomination

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2014 Oscars Challenge: [6] Star Trek Into Darkness – One Nomination

Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann and Burt Dalton Most Oscar followers will agree that there is almost no beating “Gravity” in the Best Visual Effects category this year. The stage is set much like last year, where “Life Of Pi” was the definite winner of the bunch longer before the awards were announced. Plus you had “The Avengers” whose place is now taken … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [6] Star Trek Into Darkness – One Nomination

2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations

Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward “Philomena” is the true story of one Philomena Lee, an elderly woman who, for fifty years, kept a secret about having a son that was taken from her by nuns and adopted off to America for money. Now, paired up with a journalist, they follow the clues that could lead Philomena into find her long lost son. … Read More 2014 Oscars Challenge: [5] Philomena – Four Nominations